Citizen Telegram Obituaries – Nov. 28, 2013
Louise M. Osborn
July 20, 1921 – Nov., 19, 2013
Louise Osborn, age 92, died peacefully at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, Colo. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Louise was born July 20, 1921 to Carl Julius Freeman and Lelia Elder Freeman in Grand Valley, Colo. She spent her childhood on Morrisania Mesa near Parachute, Colo.
Louise graduated from Grand Valley High School and attended business school in Denver. While in Denver, she met Carl Osborn and they were married on Feb. 7, 1945. To this union were born a son, Robert, and daughter, Margret.
Louise was a long time member of the United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Rifle and served as church secretary for a number of years. She enjoyed entering baked goods in the Garfield County Fair and was especially proud of her award-winning chiffon cake.
Survivors include her son, Robert (Susan) Osborn of Grand Junction, Colo.; Margret (Dorn) Wilcox of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; four grandsons, Todd (Jennifer) Osborn of Centennial, Colo.; Michael (Jennifer) Osborn of Grand Junction, Colo.; Cody (Rhea)
Wilcox of Las Vegas, Nev.; Josh (Kristen) Wilcox of Las Vegas; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Mueller of Thornton, Colo. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Betty Baldwin.
A memorial service will be held at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, 851 E. 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650.
Betty Ross Blankenship Potter
May 5, 1919 – Nov. 20, 2013
Betty Ross Blankenship Potter died peacefully with family in Rifle, Colo. on Nov. 20, 2013, at the age of 94.
Betty was born in Billings, Mont. on May 5, 1919, the fourth child and second daughter of Alvis Caruth Blankenship and Lulabelle Walker Blankenship. She grew up in Alamosa, Colo., and spoke often of ice-skating on the river during the bitter winters in the San Luis Valley. After graduating from high school in Alamosa, she attended Adams State College and then went on to the Corwin Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1940.
On April 25, 1942, Betty married the love of her life, Samuel Bert Potter, M.D., in Albuquerque, N.M. Betty and Bert made their home in Pueblo, Colo., where Dr. Potter was chief surgeon at Corwin Hospital, subsequently St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Dr. Potter pre-deceased her in August 1961.
As a Pueblo Service League member, Betty was instrumental in establishing Pueblo’s first blood bank. She was also an avid golfer and won the Pueblo women’s city golf championship in the late 1950s. In later years, she spent many wonderful days on the Rifle Creek Golf Course with her golfing pals. Betty loved flowers and was especially proud of her beautiful rose garden at the ranch. An avid reader, the librarian at the Alamosa Public Library avowed that Betty Ross had read “every book in the library.”
Cooking and entertaining were activities that Betty treasured. She took great pride in the fact that every dish she prepared was beautifully presented. Betty took her role as a teacher to her children very seriously and made sure that each learned how to cook and keep house.
Betty spent the last years of her life at the Potter family ranch near Rifle. She is survived by her four children, Samuel B. Potter, Jr. of Rifle; Barbara J. Lenard of Rifle; Mary K. Trimble of Cave Creek, Ariz.; Elizabeth R. Henning of Willcox, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Betty worked for many years at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle. She was always a wonderful mentor to the many young men and women who worked with her during her years as a nurse. The family has established a scholarship fund to aid Moore Care Center employees who actively enrolled in a qualified nursing program.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Betty R. Potter Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Colorado Mountain College, P.O. Box 1763, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
Private family services and interment next to her husband and father in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo will be held at a later date.
Wanda Gail Damron
Wanda Gail Damron, 71, of Rifle, Colo. passed away Nov. 21, 2013, at the family home.
Wanda was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Clovis, N.M. She was the daughter of John and Marguerite Landis. She grew up in Crane, Texas, where she lived with her parents and sisters, Johnnie and Shelia.
Wanda married Roy Damron in 1957. They lived in Crane, where she owned and operated Fa Leon Beauty Center. In 1969, they moved to Rifle. Over the years, Wanda and Roy lived in Texas, Alaska, Washington, Arizona, Mexico and China, but she always considered Rifle home.
Wanda was an active member of the Church of Christ all of her adult life. She sewed baby blankets, delivered Meals on Wheels, taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and was a mentor and role model to many young Christian women. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, especially in church.
In retirement, Wanda and Roy traveled the U.S. to pursue his avocation, precision shooting. Wanda developed abiding friendships with the women in that community. Above all else, she valued her family. She enjoyed skiing, camping, cooking, laughing and supporting her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved entertaining family and friends at her home, and she made the world’s best cherry pie. She was the consummate care-giver. Even through her own struggles with health issues, she worried about and cared for others.
Wanda touched many lives. Whether she was known as wife, mother, Grannie, family, friend, or just that sweet lady, she always left you with a smile and a warm feeling in your heart.
Wanda is survived by Roy Damron, her husband and best friend of 56 years,;their two children, Connie (Bob) Dinning, Mark (Marie) Damron; two grandchildren, Sarah Dinning, Austin Damron; and Wanda’s sister, Shelia Wasinger.
Memorial services were held at the Crane Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Louise M. Osborn
Louise M. Osborn, 92 years of age and a resident of Rifle, Colo., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle. Survivors: a son, Robert Osborn (Grand Junction, Colo.); a daughter, Margaret Wilcox (Ft. Mohave, Ariz.); a sister, Dorothy Mueller (Denver). Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at the Colorado State Veterans Home, 851 E. 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650. Contributions can be made to the Colorado State Veterans Home.
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